Would you sleep out of your comfort zone?
Last year we helped 249 people into safe accommodation, but we rely on donations to make sure our vital work can continue. Our Sleep Out on Friday 26th October is now sold out, but you can support the campaign here, and help us support homeless people off the streets, and onto a better chapter in their lives.
Homelessness continues to be a growing problem. In the last year, numbers of rough sleepers in London has increased for the eighth consecutive year by another 18%. WLM Seymour Place offers community and assistance to those who are sleeping rough. We provide a space of opportunity that is safe, employing a dual relief system of both immediate respite care and long-term housing solutions for our clients.
“I knew that the magic was here the moment I walked in. When you opened in the morning, it was just a relief… The project workers were confident that I was going to change my situation. Their confidence in me meant that I had a responsibility myself to get through this period.”
J, client at WLM Seymour Place, now living in private rented accommodation
WLM's Sleep Out is an opportunity for you to be sponsored by friends, family and contacts, sleeping out for one night so that others don't have to. Hosted in the secure gardens of St James's Church, Piccadilly, you get to safely experience a few of the challeges that homeless people have to face every night. We are not trying to replicate homelessness, but we hope it will help you to understand a little of what our homeless clients would have to endure without our support.
"From the moment we arrived it was clear that we were not going to experience the harship of those who sleep rough... It was one night for us. It's every night for the many homeless men and women who sleep alone on our streets."
Sleep Out Participant, 2017
Our homeless clients at Seymour Place access:
- A drop-in service five mornings a week, including a hot breakfast, a shower, and clothing services
- An initial assessment by one of our Project Workers through a one-to-one interview and liaisons with benefits agency
- NHS Homeless Health Team (we have nurse on-site every day, and a podiatrist and a counnsellor once a week)
- Mental health services, opticians and drugs and alcohol support
- Assistance with our Advice Service team to help them move in to accommodation
- Resettlement support, and post-settlement care
1517 different individuals were supported by the day centre
956 new client assessments completed
248 clients were helped into accommodation
776 users saw the on-site NHS Health Team
St James’s Church is of the venues, alongside twelve other churches of various denominations, a synagogue, and a mosque, in our WLM Night Shelter. This provides emergency accommodation for 15 rough sleepers in Westminster every night during the coldest months of the year. In 2017/18, we provided 84 rough sleepers with accommodation between October-May, 61 were moved into longer-term housing, and our team at Seymour Place helped 22 of our guests to get jobs or sustain employment.
On the night
We will provide hot refreshments and entertainment in the evening before we all bed down for the night, in the beautiful gardens. In the morning, breakfast will be served – just as it is in the night shelter – inside the church. This is a time for us all to come together and reflect on our experiences and thoughts of sleeping out the night before.
"It was a fantastic night, and really well organised. I am really grateful for the experience."
Sleep Out Participant, 2017
Support for Sleeping Out
We're asking each participant to fundraise £350. By reaching this target, your sponsorship will pay for the resettlement support for one of our service users. You will receive a dedicated fundraising support from our team, a WLM hoodie and an experience you'll never forget. So thank you, for supporting more of our homeless clients by sleeping out of your comfort zone for one night.
You can also download our registration form and - along with your registration fee - send to: Grace Hunt, Fundraising Team, WLM Seymour Place, 134-136 Seymour Place, London, W1H 1NT
Please contact our Sleep Out Coordinator Grace on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7569 5915